Tonight at Black Sheep: Scary Movie Night


Happy Saturday everyone! If you don’t have anything to do this October night, we have the perfect solution for you. Tonight at Black Sheep we are hosting a scary movie night. As you can see, we have a projector screen hooked up to a VHS player all hooked up and ready to go, along with state of the art stadium theater seating and sound. Tonight we will be showing two films – starting at 7:00 pm. The fans have voted for their top picks on the facebook event here. Maybe we will be taking another poll at Black Sheep tonight to see if the polls line up?

This is tonight at Black Sheep – first movie starts around 7:00 pm, the second movie starts at some point after the first movie is done. We’ll just be taking donations for Black Sheep. Find a facebook event for this one right here. Also check out our shows page for a look at what else we have coming up this fall.


Today on Black Sheep Radio: Devin Hayes


Today is another Friday, so that means another episode of The Black Sheep Radio Show. Today we are pulling out a surprise special guest from here in town far beyond the usual scene of Black Sheep artists and performers – and that is NBC’s Boy Band™ finalist Devin Hayes. Devin is an active musician who currently tours the country and is determined to hit it hard now that his time on Boy Band is done. He had a hit single come out last month, “Right Here” – and will also be performing at Boondocks on this Sunday, October 8th. We’ll be talking to Devin about how far he’s gotten and where he plans on taking his career from here! Wow!

The Black Sheep Radio Show airs today and every Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on 88.3 WQNA fm. You can stream it live during that same time on Also check out our radio show page for a few downloadable episodes of the past.

Tonight at Black Sheep: Poetry Fight Club


We have a pretty busy schedule this weekend at Black Sheep, and you can expect these next few events we have lined up to be a little bit different from the ordinary for us starting with a “Poetry Fight Club” tonight! Then we have a scary movie night tomorrow night and a plant show on Monday! The Poetry Fight Club is a newer group in Springfield we are allowing to to take over our space tonight. What’s this all about? Here’s a description of what to expect from a facebook event:

Poetry Fight Club is an intimate monthly event hosted by Johari Idusuyi and Emma Wilson. Each month, we propose a question, and then at the event, we all share a poem that centers around that month’s question. The goal is to promote the creation of new work through these prompts, and also to encourage attendees to get comfortable sharing what they’ve written.

For October we ask: What are you harvesting? This prompt is extremely open and flexible! Interpret it how ever you would like. To participate in Poetry Fight Club, bring a poem that answers this question to share with the group.

Bring a pen and paper too for a writing exercise.

This will kick off at 6:30 pm on Friday, October 6th. Feel free to come out if it sounds like something you would be interested in! Admission is $3. Find a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a good look at what else is coming up at Black Sheep this autumn.

Tonight at Black Sheep: Looming (Album Release), Screaming Females, Street Eaters, Choir Vandals


Can you believe it, we have finally made it to this mega-huge show going on at Black Sheep tonight. This will be one to remember. Tonight we have Looming‘s big album release for their second full length album “Seed” – and also the return of SCREAMING FEMALES from New Brunswick, New Jersey since their spectacular appearance at Black Sheep in the Spring of 2015. Check out music from Screaming Females on the player below. You can stream Looming’s new album, Seed in its entirety right here. This time around Screaming Females will be on tour with the band Street Eaters from Berkley, California. Then Looming have their friends in Choir Vandals in town to open up the show. Choir Vandals also performed at the Looming album release show for Nailbiter along with Park at Black Sheep two years ago.

This will be a very big show. Come early so you can find parking, etc. If you did not get a ticket in advance, it is $15 at the door. The first band goes on tonight at 6:30 pm. Find a facebook event for the show right here. And of course check out our shows page for a look at what else is coming up at Black Sheep this fall.

Hobgoblinspookadelic 2017 at Bar None Saturday, October 28th: NIL8, Fragile Porcelain Mice, Parasites



Since it is now October a lot of you might be starting to think about those Halloween plans! We WILL be having a Black Sheep Halloween show this year on October 31st. Be on the lookout for that announcement soon. NIL8‘s annual Hobgoblinspookadelic will be taking place this year as well on Saturday, October 28th at Bar None for the 21 and up crowd. This should be a fun one – a legendary St. Louis rock band – Fragile Porcelain Mice (formed in 1991) will be performing. Check out some of their music on the player below. Opening this thing up is the band Parasites from Chicago.

This show will start at 8:30 pm, admission is $10, and the show is ages 21+. Find a facebook event for the show right here. Without giving too much away, we will also say that Dumb Records is working on something special for a certain Halloween parade happening earlier that night also downtown!! Wow!

Exclusive Streams: Kate Laine: “Folding,” New Album “Recurring Dream” Out October 14th


After our doing our *exclusive* full album stream of Looming’s new album Seed this past week, we want to make sure we keep that *exclusive* content coming in hot on our website right here. Today we bring you a brand new exclusive track from Springfield solo artist Kate Laine. This is a brand new song called “Folding” – which comes from a new album Kate has coming out on October 14th called Recurring Dream (artwork pictured above). The album was recorded here in Southtown at Southtown Sound. This track also features Mario Cannamela (Bottom Bracket, Livin’ Thing) on guitar.

Kate will be performing two shows in the area to coincide with the album’s release. One of which is on Saturday, October 14th in Curran, Illinois at Trails End. The other is on Friday, October 20th at Bar None. The album will also be available on CD at Dumb Records starting October 14th.

Timothy Donavan Russell: “Interconnections”


Springfield solo ambient artist Timothy Donavan Russell is at it once again, this time with his seventh release to come out this year. Wow. This time around it’s a mashup album, or “samplecore.” From the description on Timothy’s bandcamp page:

An ultimate samplecore album. Nearly 300 pop/rock samples went into the making of this. None of them were harmed, though some were stretched and/or transposed. Play a game and guess the sources; download the official sample guide; etc.!

[All music originally composed to play in the background at “Interconnectivity”, a group art exhibition that took place in Springfield, Illinois at The Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space on September 8th & 9th, 2017.]

There you have it, you can check out Interconnections in its entirety below. Wow, it’s a whole twenty tracks! Also head over to Timothy’s bandcamp page to download the album for free.

We have our Springfield album archive page set up to list off releases that came out in town this year and also of years past. Enjoy!